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their shopping list. are you one of them? plus this. >> shame on the nra! ban assault weapons now! >> remember her? she disrupted a live statement by the national rifle association. how did she sneak past that big sign -- how did she sneak that big sign past all that security? we'll ask her live. >>> politicians, dignitaries, and even a musician. cnn tallies your votes for the most intriguing person of the year and counts them down for u and a small kid making a big difference. this little girl wins a trip of a lifetime to paris, and her actions after that get support from the whole community. >> dear santa, i'm gabriela, the one with the tumor. this is my motto, and i think you should use it too. you might have a bad day today, but there's always a bright star to look forward to tomorrow. >> hear what she did to help dozens of other children fulfill their wishes. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with me. christians around the world are getting ready to celebrate christmas, which marks the birth of their lord and savior jesus christ. here
president of the nra, wayne lapierre. answering questions for the first time since this shooting. i want to get right to it. welcome back to the program. >> thank you, david. >> you promised in the wake of this massacre 26 people murdered that the nra would, quote, offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. if we boil down your appearance before the news media on friday, this was your message. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> you proposed armed guards in school. we'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. you confronted the news media, you blamed hollywood and the gaming industry but never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. is that a meaningful contribution, mr. lapierre, or a dodge? >> david, i said what i honestly thought and what hundreds of millions of people all over this country will believe will actually make a difference. i can't imagine a more horrible tragedy than what happened. we all have 5-year-olds in our family in some way. we all put ourselves in that sit
that the nra is a defender of the second amendment and the fact is that our elected officials and the president are supposed to be defenders of the second amendment, defenders of the constitution, not a lobbying group but it's the lobbyists who have our government by the throats, not the voters but the lobbyists. you're seeing politicians make decisions based on what they think the money is going to say from the lobbying groups. the nra is one example. once upon a time, we were against cigarette companies and tobacco companies to do the right thing. what we're experiencing right now, is the same thing we're going to continue to experience until we get serious about the way we're being governed and who's actually governing us. >> l.z. granderson and anna navarro, thank you. >>> their job was to make people laugh, but not these days. how a connecticut morning radio show has become a way for listeners to heal. powerful words coming up. >>> connecticut's number one fm radio show usually sounds like a fraternity show. after the sandy hook shooting, the two radio hosts got serious and started taking
. the school shooting has prompted renewed debate about gun control. legislators and the nra stood their ground on sunday morning talk shows. jessica doyle is here with the latest. good morning, jess. >> good morning to you, andrea. of course good morning to everybody at home. we definitely are seeing the drumbeat for tougher gun controls getting louder in the wake of course of newtown. we saw that on the sunday morning talk shows yesterday. among many other places in the wake of this tragedy, but advocates for tougher laws are running head first into gun rights lawmakers as well as the national rifle association. that's not stopping lawmakers like senator dianne feinstein of california who is vowing to renew legislation to ban certain weapons and limit the number of bullets a magazine can hold. we could see movement on this legislation as soon as next month. she has a lot of support among fellow democrats. >> trying to prevent shootings in schools without talking about guns is like trying to prevent lung cancer without talking about cigarettes. >> also on meet the press yesterday, the c.e.o. o
of that debate, the ceo and executive vice president of the nra, wayne lapierre. i want to get right to it. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> you proposed armed guards in school. we'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. you confronted the news media, you blamed hollywood and the gaming industry but never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. is that meaningful contribution, mr. lapierre, or a dodge? >> david, i said what i honestly thought and what hundreds of millions of people all over this country will believe will actually make a difference. i can't imagine a more horrible tragedy. we all have 5-year-olds in our family in some way. we all put ourselves in that situation and have tears in our eyes. the nra, we have 11,000 police training instructors, 80,000 police families, we're 4 million members and we set down and we said what can we do will actually make a difference today to make these kids safe? >> but not conceding guns play any role about the meaningful contribution? >> look, i know there's a m
. >> good morning, duarte. the nra says guns and police will help stop the next killer already waiting in the wings. it's a controversial idea in the middle of an already emotional and heated debate now raging across the country. hundreds of protesters march aid cross the brooklyn bridge asking for new gun control laws and there was a demonstration outside a gun shop. >> to allow these guns for no other purpose than to murder and slaughter innocent people and children is insane. >> reporter: fear of gun control laws has made the sale of guns this christmas. >> two weeks ago you could have bought one gun for, you know, $1,400. now it's $2,500, $2,700. >> debate over gun control is just as heated here on capitol hill. the nra, one of the most effective lobbying organizations in washington says, it will fight any new restrictions. >> what every mom and dad will make them feel better, when they drop their kid off at school in january is if we have a police officer in that school. >> the reaction to that plan is mixed among the parents we spoke with. >> i think any effort to protect our chi
in joe and the other top aides in white house and said, we have to act within ten days before the nra gets organized. and they failed to do it. they tried and they failed. and lbj had a bill that had been bottled up in committee for months and months for, you know, licensing and registration and they signed something much, much less in october and he spoke out, president johnson did, in october of 1968, forcefully and angrily about the failure even after robert kennedy's death to do something to defeat the gun lobby. while i have the spirit of the season and a feeling that things have changed and saw joe's powerful -- joe, your powerful statement in the aftermath, in the immediate aftermath of the killings, i have my doubts as to whether this president and this congress have the guts and the strength and the political courage to go forward. >> they have to move quickly, don't they, john heilemann? >> yeah, i think they do. you can't lose them. the sense of moral urgency that comes with proximity to this thing. and right now the nra is on its heels defenders of our insanely permissive
reports despite having criticism the n.r.a. is not backing down to any new gun laws. >> the sunday morning talk shows hosted heated debates over gun control. >> the fact that something is misused whether it's a baseball bat or the mass killing in a chinese school with an ax and a knife, doesn't mean you deny baseball bats or guns. >> but the easy availability of guns is a contributing factor. and you can't keep that off the table. >> politicians went toe-to-toe on solutions that could prevent a tragedy like the shooting at sandy hook elementary. the n.r.a. is not budging from the stance they took on friday calling for armed guards in our school. >> the former undersecretary is working on the n.r.a. for this. he called the armed security a deterrent, an effective way to deter people. >> you provide safety with armed personnel without putting fear in anyone. >> gun violence is down. >> but we have to keep working on this. and there are are lots of different solutions. the pro gun people who say don't include guns are wrong and the pro gun safety pe
're seeing politicians make decisions based on what they think the money is going to say. the nra is one example. once upon a time, we were against cigarette companies and tobacco companies to do the right thing. what we're experiencing right now, is the same thing we're going to continue to experience until we get serious about the way we're being governed and who's governing us. >> thank you. >>> their job was to make people laugh, but not these days. how a connecticut morning radio show has become a way for listeners to heal. powerful words coming up. a res, try running four. fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make your mark with ink from chase. [ male announcer ] when diarrhea hits, kaopectate stops it fast. powerful liquid relief speeds to the source. fast. [ male announcer ] stop the uh-oh fast with kaopectate. >>> a morning show usually sounds like a fraternity show. after the
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>>> plus the nra's double down. the organization's ceo says if it's crazy to arm police in school, then call him crazy. >> i know there's a media machine in this country that wants to blame guns every time something happens. i know there's an anti-second amendment instrument in this town. >>> but first eight days until the fiscal cliff deadlines, through the has of congress not a creature is stirring, not even a lawmakers. hopes of a deal are fading. before taking off, the president urged congress that pass a scaled-back stop-gap measure. >> senators agreed on sunday to pass -- >> i think unfortunately there will only be a small deal. >> it is going to be a patch. >> kristin welker, traveling with the president in honolulu. the question is will he be cutting hi vacation short? does he have a royal to play? or is it up to the senate, as some are saying? >> reporter: first of all, i think it is likely we'll see him cut his vacation short. senate majority leader harry reid, minority leader mitch mcconnell will have to work together. a lot of focus shifts to mcdonnell. he has to try t
luther king. and there was support in the leadership in the nra for gun control. and charlton heston even subdescribed to statement read by another hollywood tough guy, calling for some kind of regulation that prevents the repetition of these crimes, these assassinations. i think it's like with a lot of gun control measures, you support them in california, ronald reagan supported a gun control measure, and because black panthers were running around with guns in the state legislator in sacramento. >> host: carrying guns. >> guest: exactly. the law made it impossible to do that and imposed a waiting period on the time you needed between applying for a handgun and actually being able to buy it. and people say, oh, well, that law will certainly stop the black panthers. but that law doesn't apply just to black panthers. eventually you get a backlash, and there was a social and political backlash in general to a lot of the things that happened in the '60s, and i think gun control was one of them. so, -- >> host: the '68 act dealt with the list of prohibited purchasers. so it wasn't saying if yo
criticism being aimed at the nra. the heated debate over guns is ahead. >>> welcome back. well, so far, it's been a quiet holiday season at the malls. analysts say shoppers are worried about the budget stalemate in washington or they're delayed by superstorm sandy or depressed by the connecticut school shootings. >> as we hear from nick watt, the holiday shopping season is not over yet. >> reporter: we have just entered the final frantic hours of gift buying. you look stressed. >> i have a little anxiety. i'm not going the lie. i'm tripping out. >> reporter: there are crumbs of comfort. the sign says the delayed gifts might be the best. number one, frugality i vap rates. you throw money at the problem. number two, you make a gut instinct decision. >> you want to buy a sweater for your wife. if you think about it too much, you may outthink yourself and not make a good choice. >> reporter: you to feel you perform better under pressure? >> absolutely. you have to make a good decision. you have to make a decision. >> reporter: stores stay open for the last-minute larrys. target until 10:00 p.m
's crazy to >>> more on the nra's defense of its stand. >>> the nra is arguing for the creation of a national dataa base of the mentally ill to prevent them from buying weapon. the -- data base for the mentally ill to prevent them from buying weapon. and putting armed guards in schools. >> if it is crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. i will tell you what the american people -- i think the american people think it is crazy not to do it. >> reporter: but the american public is showing a new willingness to tight engun control laws. in -- tighten gun control laws. it in a new pole, 57% of americans said that gun control laws should be more strict. that is the highest level of support in a decade. and may provide renewed support for politics willing to challenge the powerful nra lobby. newyork senator criticized the nra vice president's argument that any attempt at gun restrictions is bound to fail. >> i think he is so extreme and tone deaf he helps the cause of us passing sensible gun legislation in the cong
've got to get to the real problem, the real causes, and that's what the nra is trying to do. >>> and thousands raise their voice in celebration of the holiday season. ♪ captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday december 24th 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm duarte geraldino. we begin with a major storm that promises a white but treacherous christmas for parts of the midwest and northeast. the storm is expected to get stronger as it heads east. winter weather alerts and advisories are posted from texas to indiana. all this during one of the busiest travel days of the year. jeff berardelli at our yamtmiami station has more. >> well, this is shaping up to be a very stormy week across the united states. now, the good news is during the day today at least it should be fairly quiet. there'll be a small storm in the eastern part of the country producing a little light rain to the south and a little light snow to the north, but the bigger issue is what happens on christmas day. across the southeast, we could be talking
in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> the head of the nra speaks out exclusively to nbc news intensifying the emotionally charged debate on gun control. it's monday, december 24th. welcome to this special edition of "m schsnb"msnbc." as for president obama and john boehner, they are miles apart. neither are them talking about the deal the country really needs. kristin, we were talking yesterday that there's a possibility the president was considering coming back early perhaps thshould they strike a deal of some sort. >> i think it's likely president obama will cut his vacation short. we haven't gotten guidance about when that is going to happen. the white house is calling this a working vacation, but the reality is that talks are largely deadlocked over the fiscal cliff. there have been a few conversations going on at the staff level but really the expectation is that the hard work is going to get done when lawmakers return to washington after the christmas holiday, a little bit later on this week. that's when they're going to resume negotiations in earnest. of co
. tonight, the nra and its supporters are doubling down. we're hearing reports of a rush at gun shows and stores across america today, people buying assault weapons before a possible ban. as nra executives fanned out across the air waves with a message of defiance. abc's david kerley is on the story. >> reporter: the nra today stuck by its guns, that every american school should have an armed guard. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> the nra has blood on its hands! >> reporter: two days ago. amid protesters and refusing to take questions, the head of the nra unveiled this plan. belittled by some. today wayne lapierre defends himself. >> when that horrible monster tried to shoot his way into that school, if a good guy with a gun was there, he might have been able to stop them. >> reporter: the murder massacre in newtown, connecticut, has led some nra supporters to call for control of guns and magazine clips. the nra supporters blame the media, the entertainment culture, and the lack of mental hea
in that school, a good guy. >> reporter: as the last of the newtown massacre victims are laid to rest, the nra has taken the position that armed security officers in schools are a major part of its solution. >> i have found the statements by the nra over the last couple days to be really disheartening because the statements seem to not reflect any understanding about the slaughter of children that happened in newtown, connecticut. here is what bothered me. the nra spokespeople have been willing to deal with every possible cause of gun lens except guns. >> reporter: school districts have grappled for years with the question of security, but advocates of more gun laws, the opposite of the nra, offered this. they remind everyone there was an armed security officer at the columbine high school the day of that 1999 massacre, and they say controlling gun violence requires a package of solutions beyond the schoolhouse door. barbara starr, cnn, washington. >> barbara, thank you. the brady campaign to prevent gun violence weighed in on the current debate. they released a statement from a father whose 8
shooting the nra doubles down on its solution to prevent something like this from happening again. >> is it crazy to call for putting police and armed security guards in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> reporter: wayne lapierre standing by his idea to put armed guards in all schools during his appearance on meet the press. >> i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thing that would keep people safe and the nra is going to try to do that. >> reporter: many americans are not sold on the idea. >> it's going to affect the kids psychologically and make them be in fear every day they walk into a school. >> obviously the kids are more important than guns in this country. >> reporter: senator kent conrad of north dakota raises concerns about the cost of securing schools the way lapierre proposes. >> we'll have 130,000 elementary and secondary schools in this country. two officers in each would cost $25 billion. where's that money coming from? >> reporter: his senate colleague chuck schumer of new york thinks the nra's position
here in new york last night to call on congress to do something about gun violence. but the nra said it would fight any limits that lawmakers try to place on gun ownership. the head of the nra renewed his call forearmed officers in schools. and the backlash against assault weapons is continuing. several stores in colorado are no longer selling them. one store owner said he didn't ever want to open a newspaper and find out something he had sold had been used in a tragedy like the one in newtown. the country is so divided on this issue. the polls suggest people want congress to take some action, if nothing more to close loopholes, perhaps ban some of the high capacity magazines. so you think something is going to happen, but you have to wonder if it has the votes in the house to get it passed. even that assault weapons ban from '94 to 2004, even when that passed in the '90s, it passed by two or three votes. so republicans now control the house. i don't know how anything gets through or if it is, it's a baby step. >> and as you heard from the nra, they don't seem to be budging on the is
with the muppets there. >>> topping our news right now, the nra is not backing down from its call to place armed officers in the nation schools. >> congressman chris murphy whose district includes newtown calls it tone deaf and also revolting. >> reporter: from the brooklyn bridge in new york to the sidewalks of falls church, virginia, anti-gun protests are springing up around the country. the debate on gun control has also triggered a run on gun shows and gun stores. sales are soaring as people rush to buy assault weapons before a possible ban. >> we're completely out of the so-called assault weapons. so they're buying up everything. >> reporter: an abc news "washington post" poll show more americans continue to favor more restrictions on gun ownership. even sales of gun safes are shooting up. >> people are definitely concerned about the safety of their families and kids. >> reporter: a week after the massacre of those innocent children and adults in newtown, connecticut, the head of the national rifle association unveiled his plan, calling for every american school to have an armed guard. >> w
guns in america, for the first time since the newtown tragedy, the nra responds to accusations they are out of touch, growing debates over the 2nd amend machine. >> >> thanks for joining us, i'm adam may. the nra sticks to its guns, refusing to allow gun control into the debate over how to stop the mass shootings. edward lawrence has the very latest tonight for "wjz." >> reporter: crowds packed the lone star gun show in fort texas as the gun control debate heats up. some say this is in the wake of the connecticut school shooting. >> i'm 100% for gun control, if someone would coming with gun control that makes sense and make makes a difference. but there is no such thing >> reporter: the organization is getting hammered for the proposal to put armed guards in schools. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police in our securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. i'll tell you what, the american people think it's crazy not to do it. >> reporter: new york senator chuck schumer said nothing should be taken off the tabl
alone. >>> coming up it is the hot button issue of the week, gun control. tonight the nra speaks out again on the issue, this time on one of the sunday morning talks shows. plus or fox 5 political analyst weighs in on the issue. >> plus we'll introduce you to an inspirational little girl whose only wish for the holidays is to give back to santa one letter at a time.  >>> the head of the national prime association is not backing down from his calls for -- rifle association is not backing down from his calls for an armed guard in every school in america. neither of those calling for stricter gun laws. the two sides squared off outside a gun shop today in virginia. >> reporter: this was a very small protest involving only about a dozen people, but they say their message is big, change the gun laws now before more innocent people get hurt. the protests took place outside nova firearms on west broad street in falls church. >> as people of faith, we believe in compassion and care and love. >> reporter: led by father jim birch, the group face united for gun sanity, is calling for two
of people who are, frankly, either evil or crazy. >> glor: the nra says existing gun laws are not being enforced. orgaret brennan has more on what the group would change, and the reaction. >> reporter: the nra is arguing for the creation of a national database of the mentally ill to prevent them from buying weapons. the nra is also lobbying to put armed guards or police in e hools. >> itsive vice president wayne lapierre. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. i'll tell you what the american people-- i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. gun control laws. in a cbs news poll conducted after the fatal newtown shooting, 57% of americans said that gun control laws should be more strict. that's the highest level of support in a decade. and may provide renewed support for politicians willing to challenge the powerful nra lobby. >> new york senator chuck schumer criticized the nra vice president's argument that any attempt at gun restrictions is bound to fail. >> well, i think he's so extre
to introduce gun control legislation in january, called the nra idea "distraction." others suggest it might have the opposite effect on lawmakers. >> well, i think he is so extreme a tone deaf he actually helps the cause of us passing sensible gun legislation in the congress. >> we have 130,000 elementary school and secondary schools in this country. if you had two officers in each, that would cost $25 billion. where is that money going to come from? >> one g.o.p. senator said he is not sure this needs to be a federal effort. >> local education decisions are best made at the local level. >> but the ceo of the national rifle association who called the connecticut school murders a "horrible tragedy" is proposing a voluntary program to allow schools to bring in retired police, military or secret service together provide armed security. >> every mom and dad would make them feel better if they drop off their kids at school we have a police officer in the school, good guy that if a horrible monster tries to do something they will be there. >> he says the former republican congressman and homeland
. it's the one thing that would keep people safe. >> that's the nra ceo on "meet the press" yesterday doubling down on the call to arm our nation's schools and puts him at odds of most americans according to 49% saying it's more important to control gun ownership. 42% favor protecting 2nd amendment rights. i want to bring in shannon watts. as many people watched on friday, not only we saw the first reaction in the press briefing that wane lappeire and pressed and wayne is blaming everything but guns and opposed to any new gun regulation and wants to talk about the other possibilities of video games to hollywood to the media to actually arming schools. is this a point of a pr crisis for the nra, especially logically not to have guns in the discussion at all? >> well, unfortunately, i think they know exactly what they're doing. and at the end of the day what they're doing is trying to make a profit and arm everyone in the country and, you know, 80 million moms are not going to let 4 million members of the nra drive the discussion on this. you talk about waking a sleeping giant. i believ
the renewed support for the politicians that are willing to challenge the powerful nra lobby. new york senator criticized the nra vice president argument that any attempt that the gun restrictions is showing you is bound to fail. >> i think he's so extreme and tone death that he actually helps the cause of us passing the sensible gun registration in the congress. >> a number of the democratic congressmen have pledged to consider the assault weapons banned. on sales of the semiautomatic rifles. many firearm enthusiasts fear that the new laws are here and voting with their pocketbooks. at a denver gun show this weekend, ammunition for the semiautomatic rifle, the style of weapon used in the newtown attack. sold out within an hour. >> we're worried that we won't be able to keep our guns for our safety. we're not doing anything wrong. >> and it isn't clear yet whether the nation's second worse school shooting actually drives washington to change any gun laws. but a review by cbs5 news indicates schools in at least a dozen states are looking at the nra call to add the armed officers or allow teache
weapon out of the hands of those who are likely to commit such crimes. >> the nra spokes people are willing to deal with every possible cause of gun vie leps but guns. >> the nra says to stop these types of mas shootings there should be a good guy with a gun at every school. >>> president barack obama and others said good-bye to dan yell inouye. a 19-gun solute at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific. it is the final resting place to thousands of world war ii veterans. the set ran was one. he died of respiratory complications on monday. >>> the race is on to get the last-minute christmas gifts. how some stores are making it easier for procrastinators. >> a gift-gavinging charity makes holiday wishes come true for children effected by hurricane sandy. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, with just one full day left before christmas. people are taking care of last minute gifts for frie and even themsel >>> shoppers are hitting the stores for their final punches with one full day before christmas. people are taking care of last- minute gifts for friends, family and themselves. shoppers tell us
says the nra has it all wrong. >> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5:00. >>> good evening and thanks for joining us for this special late edition of ktvu channel 2 news at 6:00 i'm jane katsuyama in for heather holmes. >> i'm ken wayne. a series of powerful storms slams the bay area. we're on storm watch with team coverage and we begin with ken pritchett with how wind affected people's plans today. >> reporter: ken, about half an hour ago it was a foggy drive over the bay bridge. right now it's as clear as it can be and that is how quickly things have changed. earlier this afternoon wind advisories for bay area bridges and the windiest we found was this morning in pacifica. with winds this strong, and waves this high, there was little doubt that the pacifica pier would be closed. >> i think the mayan apocalypse is running a few days late. >> reporter: we're told that the waves crashed he over the pier. >> it's so windy. >> elsewhere this storm led to localized flooding in scattered parts of the bay area. despite the mess, the co
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a short-term deal under the tree? plus, the nra not backing off its so-called solution to school gun violence. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed securing our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> that's the wrong debate to have if you want to talk about protecting our children. >> but, first, don't go looking up the chimney for a deal on the fiscal cliff. there are just eight days, that's it, until the deadline to reach a deal, and there was little progress as lawmakers left town for the holiday. before the president took off for his hawaiian vacation with his family on friday, he pressured kfshs to pass a smaller deal, to delay those automatic spending cuts and to extend tax cuts for all except for the wealthiest of americans. now, while senators on both sides of the aisle, they spoke in support of at least a smaller deal on sunday. joe lieberman seemed to have less hope. >> it's the first time that i feel that it's more likely that we will go over the cliff than not, and that if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential
. >>> you're watching the station that works for you. now abc2news at 11:00. >> tonight the nra digs in as lawmakers here in maryland push new assault weapon bans. theravens are the afc north champions for the second year in a row. and a woman fired from her job for being too attractive and a court ruled it is perfectly legal. >> we begin with wintery weather that might be on the way. good evening i'm christian schaefer. we could see wet or white weather for christmas. >> it's going be wet and white. we'll get combination over the next 24, 36 hours. you go to the a-airport and it's 23 degrees but the deal is a pretty cool night with temperatures that are falling into the mid to upper 20s. 30s over the eastern shore and the deal will be a very chilly wake up. 29 flu the rest of tonight -- through rest o of tonight. it's 30 degrees. 37 at ruch vp lunchtime goes to afrnd 40 degrees and then we await wet weather. then there's a big storm out toward california that could be a problem for wednesday. >> mike thangs. localpoliticians believe that tonight they have more ammunition in
with the president's position that both sides should avoid tax hikes on middle-class americans. also, nra executive said the group would not support any new gun laws in this country. good morning this monday, december 24, 2012. we will begin this morning with your thoughts on religion and politics. as a religion influence your political decisions? also send us your tweet if you go to twitter.com -- we will begin with the sunday review section of the "the new york times" yesterday. we want to get your take on this. it does religion influence your politics? with more people saying they are unaffiliated. we want to get your take. here are some comments from facebook this morning. what are your thoughts on this december 24, 2012. it does religion influence your politics? let me show you this from "the new york times" this morning. a new poll out worldwide religion shows up that one out of six follows no religion. that is worldwide. all religions outside the united states as well. the upi story. religious identity affect voter choice. and then on the 2012 election, here is the pew forum on religion and
stories first. here we go. leading republicans refusing to get on board with the nra's plan forearmed officers in every u.s. school. that's not keeping the ceo from doubling down on the idea. wayne la pierre told "meet the press," it's the only way to keep our children safe in the classroom. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. i'll tell you what, the american people -- i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. >> well, top republicans have come out against the idea of armed officers at every school and resisting calls for tighter gun laws. keep it here, in the next half hour of "starting point, " we'll talk about the nra's hardline stance on gun control with the organization's former political director, richard feldman. >>> senator mike crepo of idaho apologizing to constituestit co family after being arrested early saturday morning for driving under the influence. he failed a field sobriety test. he was pulled over after spotted running a red light and had a blood alcohol level of poin 11. the legal
, the 1968 gun control act. there was support for that even in the leadership of the nra at the time, and charlton heston even subscribed to a statement was read by another hollywood tough-guy calling for some kind of regulation to prevent this repetition of these crimes as horrible as the assassinations, but a lot of gun control measures to support them in california, ronald reagan supported the gun control measure because the black panthers were run around with guns and state legislature in sacramento. >> guest: they pass a law that made it hard or impossible to do that and the rating period on the time he needed to reapply for a handgun and actually being able to buy at and people said well, that will certainly stop the black panthers that doesn't apply just to the black panthers. it applies to everybody. will eventually you get a backlash, and there was the social and political backlash to a lot of the things that happened and i think gun-control was one of them. >> host: but the act dealt mainly with a list of prohibitive purchases. so, it wasn't saying if you are if felon or ha
with him. appreciate it. the n.r.a.'s wayne lapierre caused a stir when he suggested armed guards at schools. do we really need that? do we need to put armed guards in the schools? we'll ask a former d.e.a. agent about that and we'll ask about a plan of his own later in this hour. the economy means one thing for retailers, slower holiday sales for the week ending 15th. down 4.#%. adam you have been looking at this. >> part of it is hurricane sandy and part of it's the tragedy from newtown, connecticut. david: people are afraid to go out and shop? >> they're not in the mood. one quote in an article talk people think it's better to spend time with family. shopper tracker is finding that people shopping for the week that ended december 15th down 4.3%. overall they've adjusted what they think the holiday seen will be. and they've adjusted that it will be a growth of 2.5%. and thought it would be 3.3%. national retail federation is keeping their prediction of growth 4.1%. real quick, i don't know if we have the graphic available. if you invest in retailer, boy have the on-line retailer
. >> meanwhile, the nra is refusing to back down from its call for armed officers in our nation's schools. >> is it crazy to call for putting police in our school to protect our children then call me crazy. >> another insider attack in afghanistan. an american civilian adviser was killed by an afghan policewoman. >> calls for a solution for the fiscal cliff are being put on the back burner until after christmas. >> i apologize about my voice. this may be divine intervention because we didn't deal with the fiscal cliff. >> a senator from idaho is apologizing for his dui arrest. police stopped republican mike crapo in alexandria, virginia. >> after 80 years in print, "newsweek" magazine has its last issue on stands today. it will continue its digital format. >> if you haven't finished your holiday shopping, don't worry. millions of americans are expected to hit the store today. >> i have just started. >> i looked at the research footage and looked at your face quite a bit. you don't look a day over than you did 32 years ago. >> wide open with the catch. what a shot. seahaw
. pete, the nra not budging on its message from the press briefing that it gave on friday to the appearance on "meet the press" yesterday. their point is that the best issue for the gun control problem is not more regulation, but to have armed officers, trained armed people manning our schools. if past is prologue, where is the nra's next move going forward? >> well, you know, i think that's a good question because past may not be prologue here. the past was that the obama administration saw absolutely no chance of getting this flew congress. president obama when he campaigned for his first term, said he would like to look at reveezing the assault weapons ban. the white house sent some gentle signal early on they might try to do that, and it was instantly clear that they backed away from it. the mere prospect of president obama's being elected caused a huge run on ammunition, police departments were almost running out of it. now many democrats think the situation is different because of newtown and the other mass shootings this year, so i guess we're going to find out whet
shooting is heeding up. head of nra did not back down from the comments made last week appearing on sunday morning talk shows, he stood by the nra's requests for armed guards in school. he says the problem is not guns but criminals that carry out violence. dianne feinstein plans to introduce legislation to reinstall the weapons ban in 2004. >> still ahead, a major work stoppage at some of the area's busiest hospitals. thousands of nurses plan on walking off the job tomorrow. conditions are much calmer than they were earlier today. leigh glaser is up next and when the rain will return in her accu-weather forecast. >> jim harbaugh turned 49 today. colin kaepernick inexperience showed up tonight and 49 jack! what happened? me and jason came back with drinks and all 20 nuggets were gone. we got nugged. there was a nugging. this guy just came running up... dip! dip! dip! shoveling 'em into his face! give me your nuggets- -we're like "no! save some for our boyfriends!" need more nuggets? jack's crispy, all-white meat chicken nuggets come with a choice of seven awesome sauces. an order of 20 is o
be millions of dollars. was it pannede as -- but the influential leader of the nra has gone on television to push for armed guards in every school. >> on friday, the national rifle association was blunt about how to stop the mass shooting in u.s. schools. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> the nra leaders blamed the media, hollywood, and video games for gun violence and refused to answer questions about elite force security guards in schools. now the main spokesperson has appeared on u.s. television shows defending his organization's positions. >> if it is crazy to put police in schools, then, the crazy. >> the national rifle association is one of the most influential political organizations in the united states. since the shootings, there have been calls to ban military-style weapons like the ar-15 used by the gunman. >> trying to prevent shootings in schools without talking about guns is like trying to prevent lung cancer without banning cigarettes. >> i do not suggest you take my right to buy an ar-15 away from me. >> according to the brady f
that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> in a carefully staged event the nra leaders blamed the media, hollywood, and violent video games for gun violence and refused to answer questions about their plans to fill schools with a gun carrying police or security guards. now, the nra that a main spokesman has appeared on u.s. tv show defending his organization's position. >> if it is crazy to call for putting police in securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> the national rifle association as one of the most powerful lobby groups in the country. with 4 million members and carries a lot of weight in political circles. since the new town shooting, there have been calls to ban military-style semiautomatic weapons. opinion among politicians is as divided as in the country. >> trying to prevent shootings in schools without talking about guns is like trying to prevent lung cancer without talking about cigarettes. >> i do not suggest we ban every move -- movie with a gun with it and any video which is violent and i did not suggest you take my rights t
up, the nra president stood firm on the organization stance that gun control legislation is not the answer for stopping violencech the group has been cite sized after the -- criticized for the statement last week pushing for armed guards in every school. in response, to the newtown shooting. but it made no mention of gun control. >> the fact that something is misused whether it's a baseball bat or mass killing at a school or a ax or a knife doesn't mean you ban the baseball bats. what it means is you protect the innocent on the one hand and try to keep weapons out of the hands of those who are likely to commit such crimes. >> he goes onto say he doesn't support a ban on semiautomatic weapons like the kind that was used at shooting at sandy hook elementary school. nra has been criticized as being tone deafization make the statement. we are hearing from local politician who is are pushing for tighter gun control. senator lisa gladden who represents baltimore city is making it a mission to outlaw extended magazines which allows a gunman to carry more ammunition. and she and
>>> the ahead of the nra fires back at critics, explaining why he wants to address gun violence in school with more guns. >>> retailers prepare for the last holiday hurrah as time tux away for shopping procras procrastinato procrastinators. >>> plus, a u.s. senator arrested on dui charges. the world's most expensive dinner. and "the hobbit" holds on. "early today" starts right now. >>> this is "early today" for monday, december 24, 2012. >> and a very good morning to you on this christmas eve, i'm veronica de la cruz. >>> days after the national rifle association's first public comments since the newtown massacre, critics are taking aim at the controversial plan to put armed guards in schools. the head of the powerful group is sticking to its guns on the explosive issue. one congress won't be able to do anything about until sometime next month. brian mooar has details. >> reporter: in his first interview after the connecticut shooting tragedy, nra chief wayne lapierre was defiant. >> look, a gun is a tool. the problem is the criminal. >> reporter: the powerful gun lobby and its
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